1. Google TV?: Google is exploring the idea of creating an internet TV service and has talked to media companies about licensing their content, according to a report in “The Wall Street Journal.” Online companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Google’s own YouTube already allow users to stream content, but Google hopes to create a service which would enable viewers to “flip through channels just as they would on cable.” Watch out, cable operators!
2. Name Sharknado: SyFy announced that a sequel is in the works for “Sharknado.” Although the TV movie wasn’t a ratings hit, it was a true social media phenomenon, bringing in nearly 5,000 tweets per minute, more than the number of tweets about “Big Brother” and “The Big Bang Theory,” according to Mashable. The network is crowd-sourcing the subtitle for the sequel and is asking fans to tweet their suggestions to @SyFyMovies using the hashtag
#Sharknado. Syfy will select the best as the
subtitle for “Sharknado 2.” We vote for “Sharknado 2: Shark in the Big City.”
3. Wikileaks trailer: Check out the trailer for the Wikileaks movie ‘The Fifth Estate.” Judging from the trailer, which features Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) as Wikileak’s Julian Assange, Indiewire’s Ben Travers has high hopes for the film: “Cumberbatch will certainly draw his legion of internet fans, and any
leftover geeks will certainly be drawn in by the promise of inside
access to Julian Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg.” Does the trailer make you want to see the film?
4. Tumblr hacked: Tumblr notified users that the blogging platform’s app has been hacked. If you access Tumblr via your iPhone or iPad, go ahead and download the updated version now (with a new security update) and update your password on Tumblr and anywhere else you’ve been using the same password. Be safe, everyone!
5. Netflix dominates Emmy buzz: Emmy nominations will be announced tomorrow and Netflix is dominating the pre-Emmy buzz, according to “The New York Times.” With original series “Arrested Development” and “House of Cards” potentially in the running, cable and broadcast nets are worried they’re facing an influx of competition from the digital upstart. What do you think: will Netflix dominated the Emmy nominations?